Alan Shadrake refused to be silenced?! (How dare he??)

Well, he did sound adamant, didn't he? He must feel strongly against Singapore's legal system as what he penned in his book, "Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock".

Three news articles quoted below have but a scorn on how Singapore handle this case. In my opinion, Alan Shadrake had made a right move by publishing his controversial book.

By pushing Singapore's legal system to fight back, he has won a free publicity & that helps him promote his "I'm very much against the death penalty in Singapore and everywhere else" case.

Singapore also feels somewhat pressures from other opportunists who are quick to condemn the legal action taken against this errant author ("lack of respect for freedom of expression", "a disgrace", to mention some).

But hey, this is Singapore's very own legal system & it should never be dictated by external party, should it? So yes, let the criticism blazing rapidly & so shall this rapid fire extinguish itself.

Alan Shadrake, 75, faces six weeks jail and a $US20,000 fine for publishing a book critical of Singapore's legal system.

The Malaysian-based writer told ABC Radio Australia he has a week to decide on an appeal and he will not be silenced.

"I don't care what I say, they can do what the heck they like, I'm not going to shut up," he said.

"I'm very much against the death penalty in Singapore and everywhere else."

Shadrake, who lives in Malaysia and Britain, was arrested by Singapore police in July after launching the book Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock.

It includes a profile of Darshan Singh, the former chief executioner at Singapore's Changi Prison who, according to the author, executed about 1,000 men and women from 1959 until he retired in 2006.

It also features interviews with human rights activists, lawyers and former police officers on cases involving capital punishment.

The book also alleges the law was administered unfairly, with some cases influenced by diplomatic factors.

Shadrake has denied his court case is a publicity stunt.

"No, I didn't do it for publicity. I took legal advice [saying] as long as it's accurate, they cannot do anything to you and the book was not banned," he said.

Shadrake says he thinks his case will generate debate in the region about the death penalty.

From ABC News, "Jailed author refuses to be silenced".

Shadrake still faces a criminal defamation investigation. He had offered to apologize for offending the sensitivities of the judiciary, but emphasized that he would never apologize for his book itself.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups have blasted Singapore's prosecution of the author.

"Singapore is answering criticism by jailing its critics," Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director, said in a release Tuesday.

The group noted that that the author has been prosecuted under Singapore's criminal defamation laws, which have also been used against other critics of the government.

"By penalizing Alan Shadrake, Singapore has drawn even greater global attention to its lack of respect for freedom of expression," Zarifi added.

Partially quoted from CBC News, "Singapore jails U.K. author over hangman book".

The jailing of 76-year-old British author Alan Shadrake in Singapore is, quite simply, a disgrace. It confirms that there is no freedom of expression in the city-state island.

Convicted of contempt of court, he must serve six weeks and pay a fine of SGD$20,000 (£9,600). He also faces separate charges of criminal defamation, which are punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and a hefty fine.

Partially quoted from Guardian, "Disgraceful jail sentence for British author in Singapore".

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